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Literacy Festival, Feb. 22, 2017 @16:00 - 18:00


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ACS Athens Literacy Festival!
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Capture our Imagination
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Dear Students, Parents and Faculty:

Come celebrate the wonderful world of words at the 2nd Annual ACS Athens Literacy Festival.  The Festival will take place on Wednesday, February 22th after school from 16:00 to 18:00.

This event was created to showcase students’ learning across the curriculum.   Students have been invited to participate in presentations in all subject areas from Science to Social Studies, Language Arts to Music, and everything in between.  The Literacy Festival gives the students a chance to present what they do and how they express what they have learned because they use words in all disciplines.  We encourage our students to explore their interests in reading and writing through different activities.

The Literacy Festival will be held in these campus locations :

Elementary School:  In the Elementary School building: Cafeteria, Library, Computer Lab, Ms. Rovoli's Rm (2nd floor), Ms. Birbil's Rm. (ground fl.), Art Rm. (ground fl.)
Middle School:  Atrium (stations 1, 2, 3) and Lobby (stations 4, 5, 6) of the Theater at ACS Athens
Academy:  Hasib J. Sabbagh Library (main library)

Also in campus, we welcome Lexikopoleio Bookstore which will be here (in Main Cafeteria) with a selection of books for sale as well as various activities for learners of all ages.

  Detailed Schedule of Activities (Please view or download below...)

We look forward to seeing you there in support of our students’ great efforts!


"Which Sweetener is Best for Yeast..." Article Publication, Feb. 2017

We are very excited to share with you an article titled "Which Sweetener is Best for Yeast.  An Inquiry-Based Learning For Conceptual Change,"  ​which ​was recently published (Journal of Education and Practice, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2017.)

Two of our own, Ms. Sana Kassem and Dr. Stefanos Gialamas are co-authors.  Ms. Kassem had to work with professors from 3 different institutions.

We are always delighted to see the results of our faculty working together with University professors in research and/or action research projects always for the benefits of our students.

Our Elementary ​School students are very privileged to have professionals such as Ms. Kassem to work with them in order to love, be inspired and learn science.


Leadership Courses in the U.S., Summer 2017

Widener University, USA scenes

The Institute for Innovation and Creativity (IIC) at ACS Athens is happy to offer Leadership Summer Courses for Academy students (in grades 9 - 11.)

Following our important partnership agreement with Widener University, ACS Athens and Widener are offering two summer courses in the U.S., taking place in the latter's campus in Philadelphia and in Washington D.C.

Both courses emphasize Leadership, Collaborative activities, College life, learning about U.S. culture, but may also include Engineering projects, visits to other Universities, etc...

  Important Deadline: Due to the planning involved please register by March 15, 2017.

Both courses begin on June 24 and run through July 7, 2017.

Contact Information: For information, contact Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs, IIC - email: / ph.: 210.6393.200, ext. 302

For a detailed information brochure and registration form (in pdf), please click here or see below...

Summer Leadership Program: Engineering Camp


Widener University; School of Engineering / Philadelphia : June 24-29, 2017

Washington D.C.: June 30-July 7, 2017


€ 3,000.   Does not include food costs in Washington D.C.  ** Scholarship assistance is available for qualified ACS Athens students **

Other Information

Group Size: Between 5 to 7 students (minimum must be reached)

Credit : One ACS Athens elective credit


Live and study on a U.S. University Campus.   Work with Widener University Engineering faculty.  Learn engineering skills in an intensive week of team-based design and engineering challenges...  Develop your problem-solving skills, creativity and critical thinking.  Sharpen your skills and knowledge in programming, mathematics, science, design and technology. Learn team-building and leadership skills in action. Explore two great American cities.

Summer Leadership Program


Widener University; Oskin Leadership Institute / Philadelphia : June 24-29, 2017

Washington D.C.: June 30-July 7, 2017


€ 3,000.   Does not include food costs in Washington D.C.  ** Scholarship assistance is available for qualified ACS Athens students **

Other Information

Group Size: Between 10 to 12 students (minimum must be reached)

Credit : One ACS Athens elective credit


Live and study on a U.S. University Campus.   Work with faculty at Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener.  Challenge yourself by taking a university-level course...  Develop and practice core leadership competencies.  Experience leadership in action by connecting and interacting with leaders in a variety of fields.  Explore two great American cities.


Celebrating Student Cultural Diversity, Feb. 21, 2017 

Chinese New Year - Rooster

You are invited on Tuesday, February 21 at 4:00pm in the Theater at ACS Athens to Celebrate Student Cultural Diversity at ACS Athens and to become more acquainted with Chinese culture and civilization.

We will take a journey into the history and culture of China as presented by our students’ performances on stage and an Exhibition of posters and Presentations in the Atrium.

We are also going to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – which for 2017 fell on January 28, and is considered the most important traditional Chinese holiday of the year.

This event has been organized through a collaboration of Chinese students and students in Chinese classes at ACS Athens.

A reception will follow the show at 5:00pm in the Atrium.


Scarfs & Blankets Collection for the Needy, Until Feb. 20, 2017

Scarfs Blankets Collection

"One person can change the lives of many!"

With this thought in mind, 11th grade IB Year 1 students took the initiative to start a collection of scarfs and blankets for the needy.

Because of the cold weather conditions, this is an especially difficult time of the year for many of our fellow citizens...   Students realized that this is a time for action not words and helping others is of the highest urgency.

Collection points : Drop off bins are available in all three schools

Until : Please donate your items till February 20, 2017

Items : We are collecting warm blankets and scarfs


A Visit with Arcuda: Art by Jeff Bear, Feb. 25 - Mar. 7, 2017

We would like to invite you to the latest art exhibition by Jeff Bear, "A Visit With Arcuda".

In Jeff Bear's own words:

I invite you to share my enjoyable life here in Athens.  Walk the streets with me as I wander about looking for undiscovered images.  See with me the beauty of our passing scene that others miss as they walk by.

Sit with me at home and view favourite artworks which I choose to hang on my walls.  Join me on my balcony for a coffee or a glass of wine and read the poetry I write there.  Pull up a chair, relax and let me share my art with you.  Here are over two hundred new images and a selection of my favourite creations.

Date & Time :

  • February 25 - March 7, 2017

Venue :

  • The Theater at ACS Athens (Lobby)

Opening :

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 19:00 - 22:00
Jeff Bear Art Show Invite

The Artwork

The 150 in One  -  These are all new images from the past year. They tend to be abstractions with the elements of colour, texture, line and form which I like to look for. They were taken in the streets of Athens, in Crete and in the UK in Wales and in Kent, where my Granddaughter lives.

The Street  -  I’ve always tried to look carefully where and when I walk.  Most people never look up or down or around as they progress through the streets of life.  Some don’t even look at all, perhaps distracted by things stuck in their ears.  They miss so much.  Even the street beneath your feet looks amazing when you really see it.

The Stuff from My Walls  -  The framed pieces, the small sculptures and the old prints were taken from the walls and shelves of my flat.  They are things I’ve done that I like enough to have in my house to look at daily.  To give you a feeling for my living space as you “visit,” I have noted where these works were in the flat.

“Pipe Dreams”, “in just spring” and “Such Stuff” all have sleeping themes and so hang in the bedroom.  They are from what I think of as my “Colour Doodle” period and pay homage to “catnip nights,” e.e. cummings and my favourite passage from Shakespeare’s Tempest.  Also in the bedroom, the “Trunk,” “Two Mirrors” and the “Last Fourth” are collages created to go with poems I wrote about my mother and father. “Calcium Replacement (Milk Bones)” came from a series “bones and butterflies.”  It is in the corner of the bedroom behind the door and serves to remind me of my hip replacements when the door is shut.  “Butterfly 4” from the living room also was from that series, but “Wayang,” facing the fireplace, was a reminder of the time we lived in Indonesia.  “Bali Sky” is some early computer art situated in our bathroom.  From the other loo, decorated with a nautical theme, comes “Beached in Hydra” and “Song of the Sea.” In the hall you would find “Sometimes,” another piece which followed a poem, and in the study hangs “Writer’s Block,” which may explain some of my poetry.  The wee sculptures, “Butterfly Landing,” “If a flower grows in the desert...,” “Mother Duck” and “The Artist”  are small whimsical pieces from various shelves selected in part with portability in mind.

On the Balcony  -  These images are to help you imagine what it would be like to visit my home.  The chair is where I sit on the balcony to do my writing.  The sunsets I’ve recorded over the years from our second balcony.  The best ones seem to occur during periods of high pollution.

Please sit in my chair and relax.  Read some of my poetry, and if you wish, write me a note about my work.  I’d love to hear what you see and think.

Read this statement by Jeff Bear regarding his philosophy on art and life...

Gone SwimmingGone Swimming
Pedestrian WayPedestrian Way
Pool View KitchenPool View Kitchen
Song of the SeaSong of the Sea
Balcony SightingBalcony Sighting